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Joanne Harris

UK flag (1964 - )

Joanne Harris is an Anglo-French author, whose books include fourteen novels, two cookbooks and many short stories. Her work is extremely diverse, covering aspects of magic realism, suspense, historical fiction, mythology and fantasy. She has also written a DR WHO novella for the BBC, has scripted guest episodes for the game ZOMBIES, RUN!, and is currently engaged in a number of musical theatre projects as well as developing an original drama for television.
In 2000, her 1999 novel CHOCOLAT was adapted to the screen, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. She is an honorary Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and in 2013 was awarded an MBE by the Queen.
Her hobbies are listed in Who's Who as 'mooching, lounging, strutting, strumming, priest-baiting and quiet subversion'. She also spends too much time on Twitter; plays flute and bass guitar in a band first formed when she was 16; and works from a shed in her garden at her home in Yorkshire.
Chocolat Trilogy
1. Chocolat (1999)
2. The Lollipop Shoes (2007)
     aka The Girl with No Shadow
3. Peaches for Monsieur le Cure (2012)
     aka Peaches for Father Francis
1. Runemarks (2007)
2. Runelight (2011)
Series contributed to
Non fiction
The French Kitchen (2002) (with Fran Warde)
My French Kitchen (2003) (with Fran Warde)
The French Market (2005) (with Fran Warde)
The Little Book of Chocolat (2014) (with Fran Warde)
Whitbread Prize Best Novel nominee (1999) : Chocolat
Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (2007) : Gentlemen and Players
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book nominee (2015) : The Gospel of Loki

Joanne Harris recommends
La Cucina (2000)
(La Cucina, book 1)
Lily Prior
"Wonderful. A festival of life and all its pleasures."
Finding Helen (2002)
Colin Greenland
"A complex, darkly beautiful novel, filled with ominous possibilities and disturbing hints...this is English literary fiction at its best."
Crow Lake (2002)
Mary Lawson
"A remarkable novel, utterly gripping...I read it at a single sitting, then I read it again, just for the pleasure of it."
English Correspondence (2003)
Janet Davey
"A superb piece of writing ... elegant and subtle in a way you don't see very often these days."
Full Dark House (2003)
(Bryant and May, book 1)
Christopher Fowler
"As filled with tricks as a magician's sleeve. Witty, charismatic, occasionally touching and with the genuine power to thrill."
Apple of My Eye (2003)
Patrick Redmond
"A dark and bloody tale which keeps the tension going right until the last page ... A superb, intelligent read."
A Time of Angels (2003)
Patricia Schonstein
"A marvellous novel... Delightfully dark and witty."
The Embers of Heaven (2006)
(Jin-Shei, book 2)
Alma Alexander
"This book is a complete original - and a completely magical piece of writing."
The Matchmaker of Perigord (2007)
Julia Stuart
"A hilarious romp off the beaten track. Love it to bits."
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2008)
Richard C Morais
"I enjoyed this book very much. It has great charm and is colourfully written, sensuous and evocative."
The Lace Makers of Glenmara (2009)
Heather Barbieri
"A charming, moving story, written with a delicate touch."
The Lessons (2010)
Naomi Alderman
"A remarkable novel... Alderman is a supremely talented writer."
Before I Go To Sleep (2011)
S J Watson
"A terrific first novel - well-written, genuinely unsettling and psychologically very plausible. Thrillers seldom come much better than this."
Sorry (2011)
Zoran Drvenkar
"A terrific book, very dark, very sinister, very original - really something special."
The White Lie (2012)
Andrea Gillies
"A really terrific read... Elegant, well written, genuinely gripping."
A Guide to the Beasts of East Africa (2012)
Nicholas Drayson
"P. G. Wodehouse meets Alexander McCall Smith."
The Night Rainbow (2013)
Claire King
"Quirky, elegant and sweet: I loved it!"
Fear (2017)
Dirk Kurbjuweit
"A terrific, original thriller - I loved it."
The House at Bishopsgate (2017)
Katie Hickman
"Hugely enjoyable ... Deeply satisfying."
On Copper Street (2017)
(DI Tom Harper Mystery, book 5)
Chris Nickson
"A vibrant sense of living history, with strong, well-drawn characters...I loved it."
The Last Namsara (2017)
(Iskari, book 1)
Kristen Ciccarelli
"An accomplished fantasy novel, of the kind I think of as 'royal palace shenanigans', raised above the commonplace by one marvellous central premise - the idea that dragons are the custodians of the old tale."

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